About

An irreverent thrill ride into the dark heart of rural New Zealand that charts a battle between the forces of science and the guardians of nature, Jonathan King’s debut feature is a high-spirited take on the question that has puzzled New Zealand for over one hundred years. Are we forever to be known as a small isolated nation dominated by sheep? It is, as King says, “the New Zealand story that had to be told.”

A flock of over one thousand animals, a small number of trained sheep and animatronic puppet creatures, created by world renowned Weta Workshop, were captured in camera to bring the rampant underbelly of ovine rage to life on the big screen.

Inspired by Peter Jackson’s grand tradition of Kiwi splatter using physical effects, King’s collaboration with Richard Taylor and his Academy Award-winning team at Weta Workshop lies at the heart of the film. Devising everything from conceptual art to buckets of gore, sculpted body parts and sophisticated prosthetic makeups, a highly experienced crew came together to build King’s distinctive vision of Kiwi bucolic bliss turned monstrously on its head.

Technical Info: 
2:35, Colour, 35mm, 5.1 Dolby Digital & SR
Duration: 
86min
Production Year: 
2006
Production Company: 
Live Stock Films Ltd.
Festival/Awards: 
Tromsø¸ International Film Festival 2007; Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2007, Audience Choice Award; Gerardmer Film Festivel 2007, Audience Award and Jury Prize; Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film 2007, Silver Raven Award Special Jury Prize; Istanbul International Independent Film Festival 2007; Hong Kong International Film Festival 2007; Amsterdam International Festival of Fantastic Film 2007; South by South West 2007; Tribeca Film Festival 2007; Sydney Film Festival 2007; Melbourne Film Festival; Drake International Film Festival Italy; Karlovy Vary Festival Czech Republic; Galway Film Fleadh Ireland; Puchon International Film Festival Korea; Fantasy Film Festival Germany; FrightFest London; Motelx Lisbon Film Festival; Reykjavik International Film Festival Iceland; St Tropez Antipodes Film Festival; Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
Sales Agent: 
Hanway Select

Key Roles

Director
Writer
Producer

Key Cast

Henry Oldfield
Nathan Meister
Angus Oldfield
Peter Feeney
Grant
Oliver Driver
Experience
Danielle Mason
Mrs Mac
Glenis Levestam
Tucker
Tammy Davis

Key Crew

Casting
Liz Mullane
Creature & Make Up Effects
Weta Workshop
Wardrobe Designer
Pauline Bowkett
Production Designer
Kim Sinclair
Line Producer
Judith Trye
Composer
Victoria Kelly
Sound Designer
Tim Prebble
Editor
Chris Plummer
Director of Photography
Richard Bluck